Several years ago, Kym Matthews met former CASA volunteer and current Michigan CASA employee, Janice Fonger at a networking “power lunch” hosted by WGVU radio host Shelley Irwin. For Kym, this was the introduction into a community she is now passionate about.
When Executive Director Stephanie Sheler received a call asking if CASA of Kent County would like to be the charity beneficiary of this year’s Ervine’s Auto Show, she thought it sounded like a great idea. Little did she know just how much fun it would be.
On September 17, 2022, after months of planning and teamwork, CASA staff members gathered with the Ervine’s Auto Repair and Grand Rapids Hybrid team to kick off the first auto show since before the pandemic. Guests got to see many unique and classic cars, enjoy donuts and coffee, and learn more about CASA, of course! The children who attended had fun with CASA tattoos, chalk, games, and prizes. CASA staff members even received fundraising help from some young friends who volunteered to sell bracelets for donations to CASA.
Thanks to Ervine’s Auto Repair and Grand Rapids Hybrid, more community members are aware of CASA of Kent County and its mission. Stephanie shared, “Ervine’s leveraged their business and their connections in the community to showcase CASA and spread the word about our work.” Thank you, Ervine’s, for helping us further our mission to give every child a voice!
This article is part of the Summer 2022 edition of CASA Connect, CASA of Kent County’s quarterly newsletter. Click here to view a pdf version of this newsletter.
For 35 years, local accounting firm EHTC has devoted its annual golf outing, Chipping for Chairty, to raising money for community organizations. Our staff and board of directors were ecstatic when CASA of Kent County selected as the company’s official charity partner for 2023.
CASA volunteers commit time throughout the year to advocate for children, so we love to throw a proper party to express our gratitude for their hard work.
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